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Jeffrey Grubman

Jeffrey Grubman, Esq.

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Olga Montealegre
T: 305-371-5267
F: 305-371-5288
600 Brickell Avenue , Suite 2600 , Miami , FL 33131

Jeffrey Grubman, Esq. is a veteran ADR professional who has served as a mediator in approximately 2,000 cases in 31 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico in a wide variety of complex cases, including class actions and high impact, multi-party matters. He has served as a mediator in entertainment disputes within and outside of Florida.

Before becoming a full time neutral, Mr. Grubman devoted a portion of his legal practice to entertainment law. He assisted parties in negotiating and drafting record deals, management agreements, publishing deals, and production deals. He also served as counsel in numerous entertainment litigation matters, including trademark and copyright infringement and a wide range of contract and tort disputes involving the entertainment industry. He represented major record companies, independent record companies, recording artists, managers, songwriters, actors and actresses. Since becoming a full time neutral, he has served as a mediator and arbitrator in numerous entertainment cases. Mr. Grubman is well regarded by many entertainment attorneys as an experienced mediator with hands-on entertainment litigation and transactional experience.

In addition to his active mediation practice, Mr. Grubman is a qualified arbitrator under Florida law and has been a certified arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. He has adjudicated disputes as a single arbitrator and as a member of tripartite panels.

 

Representative Matters

  • Arbitrator in dispute between international television programmer and television station regarding interpretation of termination provision in programming agreement
  • Mediated dispute between two independent record companies regarding their claim to rights concerning a superstar recording artist, which included causes of action for trademark infringement and tortious interference
  • Mediated copyright infringement action initiated by a world renowned songwriter and recording artist against a nightclub for its alleged unauthorized use of one or more of the plaintiff’s musical compositions and sound recordings
  • Mediated action initiated by an independent record label against a producer for breach of the parties’ contract to produce sound recordings for various recording artists signed to the record label  
  • Mediated copyright case involving alleged unauthorized use of an internationally known recording artist’s use of a song in a national television advertising campaign
  • Served as counsel in numerous music copyright infringement actions representing major record companies, independent record companies, large and small music publishing companies, recording artists, songwriters, and producers
  • Served as counsel in numerous breach of contract actions involving the music industry representing recording artists, producers, personal managers, and large and small record companies
  • Served as counsel to actors and producers in litigation involving television series
  • Served as counsel to internationally known recording artist in a dispute involving the cancellation of a concert in South America due to safety concerns
  • Mediated action initiated by independent record label against a major international record company challenging the method of calculating royalties for permanent digital downloads
  • Mediated action initiated by internationally known motocross athlete against national retailer for right of publicity violation for alleged unauthorized use of his name and image
     

Presentations

  • Mediation: Making Sense of the Unknown, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, 2016 Midwinter Meeting, February 2016
  • Managing the Complex Business Case in ADR, ABA Section of Dispute Resolution 16th Annual Spring Conference, 2014
  • Expanding the Use of ADR in the Media and Entertainment Industries, JAMS & NY Bar Entertainment Section, September 2014
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of ADR in Intellectual Property Cases, JAMS, March 2014
  • Best Practices in Employment Mediation, JAMS Mediation Week, October 2014
  • Ethics in IP and Entertainment ADR, North American Sports, Entertainment and IP Association, November 2013
  • Evaluative Mediation, ADR Committee Meeting, Palm Beach County Bar Association, 2011
  • Conducted Mock Mediation, hosted by Caitlin, Inc. before an audience of independent broker dealers in Phoenix, AZ, 2007
  • Moderator, Mediation Panel, Public Investors American Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2012

Professional Activities

  • Selected as one of the "Top Three Mediators" in the Daily Business Review's "Best of" survey three years in a row (2013-2015)
  • Serves on the “Together, We Must” Campaign for Justice Campaign Leadership Committee, Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.
  • Steering Committee, Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc.
  • Professional Mediation Institute, Board Member
  • JAMS Entertainment and Sports Neutral Advisory Group Member

Publications

  • Jeffrey Grubman, P.A, focusing on Mediation and Arbitration, 2005-2012
  • Litigation Partner, at two boutique law firms (Herman & Grubman, Miami and Stollman & Grubman, Boca Raton), 1994-2005
  • Morgan, Lewis & Bokius LLP, 1991-1994
  • Ruden McClosky, 1990-1991
  • Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, 1989-1990
  • J.D., University of Southern California, 1989 (Hale Moot Court Honors)
  • B.S., Finance (with High Honors), University of Florida, 1986

Counsel Comments


    • "[Mr. Grubman] did an incredibly fine job getting us "settled."  I'm a big proponent of mediation, and [he is] one of the best at the craft I've come across over three decades of litigation on a national scale -- a true master.  I'll be singing [his] praises…Hopefully our paths will cross again."  
    • I wanted to formally thank you for your efforts in getting the case resolved. I have been practicing for 27 years and that was probably the most complicated coverage/judgment/factual matter that I have ever encountered, and would make a good law school exam question. I will definitely recommend your services should anyone be seeking a mediator.

      - Law firm partner with insurance coverage practice
    • "I do not think anyone else could have accomplished the settlement you brought the parties...The situation seemed virtually hopeless and yet you gracefully brought both sides to their senses and to common ground...we thank you for sharing with us your profound experience and uniquely elegant professional abilities."

      - Prominent Litigation Attorney
    • "Jeff was first rate. Perhaps the best mediation performance by a mediator that I've had in my 20 years of practicing law."

      - Co-Chair, Litigation Department of a Large FL Law Firm
    • “Jeff is a superb mediator. Knowledgeable, quick-study, persistent with a calming demeanor. Highest marks possible and second to no one.”

      - NY Securities Defense Attorney
    • “I pushed for Jeff Grubman with adverse counsel and then again with my client when the mediation needed to be pushed to a later date because I believe that if this case is capable of being settled prior to litigation being filed, it is Mr. Grubman who can do it. As he knows, I’ve been surprised and pleased with the two un- settleable cases which he actually was able to resolve.” 

      - South Florida Litigation Attorney
    • “Jeff was first rate. Perhaps the best mediation performance by a mediator that I’ve had in my 20 years of practicing law.”
    • “I thought this case had no chance of being resolved, I am so impressed you kept at it and got the parties to agree.” 

      - International Law Firm Business Litigation Partner
    • "I think Jeff brings a wealth of experience and a practical perspective to every case. He’s litigated cases from both the plaintiff and defense side, and combining that experience with his practical experience and business sense, he has the ability to keep a balanced perspective in evaluating the relative strengths and weaknesses in cases." 

      - Prominent South Florida Business Litigation Firm Partner
    • “I do not think anyone else could have accomplished the settlement you brought the parties...The situation seemed virtually hopeless and yet you gracefully brought both sides to their senses and to common ground...we thank you for sharing with us your profound experience and uniquely elegant professional abilities.” 

      - Prominent Litigation Attorney
    • “Thank you so much! What a great resolution. I am glad that we can be one of your success stories!  What a miracle worker you are, to turn such animosity into laughter and hugs!  As you say, I hope it continues smoothly, but we are certainly in a much better place than we were on Friday morning! It was great to be with you, and I will certainly recommend you to our entertainment attorney community here.  I'm glad to know you can come here as well.”

      - Prominent Atlanta Entertainment Attorney
    • “I should tell you that my client (a plaintiff’s medical malpractice attorney) is not a big fan of mediators. When I first raised the idea of mediating his case, he indicated that he had yet to meet a mediator he thought was helpful. Yet he thought you did a great job. He thought you added much value to the process. So there's that: you impressed him. And us.” 

      - Prominent Plaintiffs’ Business Litigation Attorney
    • “I think Jeff brings a wealth of experience and a practical perspective to every case. He’s litigated cases from both the plaintiff and defense side, and combining that experience with his practical experience and business sense, he has the ability to keep a balanced perspective in evaluating the relative strengths and weaknesses in cases.”

      - Prominent South Florida Business Litigation Firm Partner
    • “Our firm has used several mediators over the last several years but found in particular that Jeff has a unique ability to convey and articulate the issues in a manner which engages both sides into constructive discussions. Furthermore, we found that Jeff does excellent preparation prior to the mediation in understanding the issues and his evaluative approach is very effective in assisting the parties reach an amicable resolution.”

      - Plaintiffs’ Securities Litigation Firm Partner
    • “I primarily use Jeff because he gets the job done. Jeff understands the subject matter and clearly puts in the time necessary to prepare for a mediation session. He is not dogmatic in his approach; he recognizes the different personalities that are involved in any particular mediation, and acts accordingly. He has insight as to what will work with the parties; he is not adverse to employing different strategies and thinking out of the box – he is willing to change to accommodate the parties involved in the proceeding. He is different than his competitors in that he employs a certain personable and professional demeanor in relaying to my clients his evaluation and opinion on their exposure, without alienating or insulting them. Furthermore, his evaluations are well thought out and the product of his preparation and ability to listen and comprehend the information that he learns during the course of a session. I can think of one case in particular where he was extremely effective; the matter involved multiple parties, numerous investments, and several damage calculations. Miraculously, he was able to bring everything together and get the case settled to the satisfaction of all involved.” 

      - National Law Firm Business Litigation Shareholder
    • “I feel that we have all worked cooperatively together over the past 6 six weeks to reach this point. Jeff, you simply did a fine and resolute job with both sets of attorneys and clients – and I know it was a challenge. I simply cannot ask for more from a mediator.” 

      - Plaintiffs’ Securities Litigation Attorney from California
    • “There are four reasons I use Jeff and propose him as a favored mediator in my cases. First, he prepares meticulously for each mediation and takes the time to understand the factual and legal issues in the case. Second, Jeff has a special ability to put the parties at ease and to eliminate the posturing that unfortunately tends to occur in such proceedings. Third, Jeff quickly focuses on the key issues in the case. Fourth, Jeff works tirelessly, even in the days after the mediation if necessary, to bring the matter to a successful resolution.”

      - Prominent Plaintiff's Securities Litigation Attorney
    • “Of course. And thanks again for all of your assistance and candor. Your involvement was an integral force that extracted the settlement.”

      - Commercial Litigation, Partner





     

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